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School Age Playground

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Here is an update to our Playground Project:  We are ordering equipment in the next week! 

The playground area has begun to be prepared for the new structure - old equipment has been removed.

We plan to install poured rubber and the new structure yet this fall - stay tuned!
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Nordic Fest is Coming!

Family Style Dining/Eating in the Classroom/MENU

Sunflower's primary fundraiser, a food booth during Decorah's Nordic Fest Celebration, is fast approaching!  The dates are July 26, 27, 28.   We need every family's help with staffing the booth - a three hour shift is all that's required. 

If you will be out of town for the Fest, you can ask other family or friends to work for you.  There is a $100 non-participatory fee if alternate arrangements are not made.  Let's get to know each other better - nothing better to do that than grilling and selling brats and hot dogs!

It is recommended by Iowa's Child Care Resource and Referral agency to use and teach family-style dining.

What exactly is family-style dining you ask?  It involves teaching our children from a very young age to sit at a table, converse with their friends/teachers, learn how to pass bowls of food, put food on their plate, eat with utensils,  learn and use table manners, and much more!  Lunch time is also learning time!  Ask your children about their lunchtime - you may be surprised what they tell you!

It is also recommended that children eat in the classroom - there are many benefits, including less wait time for children, fewer transitions for children to tolerate, etc.

Sunflower administration, teachers and cooking staff have recently implemented eating in the classroom - we have had good success, and we have also had lessons to learn and adaptations to make!  But that is what it's all about!

We will continue to chronicle here our successes and learning opportunities as we move to fully integrate both family-style dining AND eating in the classroom - STAY TUNED!

Our Menu this Week:  August 13th-17th